Gray expects Cardinals to test Robert Johnson

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  1. Titans Insider

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    Titans safety Robert Johnson may not have had much of an opportunity to show his pass-defense skills in last Friday’s win over Tampa Bay, but defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is expecting him to get more action on Thursday.

    Johnson made his first preseason start against the Buccaneers, and with starting safety Jordan Babineaux still dealing with shoulder soreness, Johnson may well get a second straight start against Arizona.

    The Cardinals have only averaged 138 yards per game through the air in their first three preseason contests (Arizona played in the Hall of Fame game). But with All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the roster, as well as a couple of big, talented rookies in Michael Floyd and LaRon Byrd, Arizona certainly has the potential to attack an opposing secondary.

    Tampa Bay’s longest downfield completion against the Titans was just eight yards.

    “You didn’t see (Johnson) contend any passes (against Tampa), but he was where he was supposed to be,” Gray said. “I don’t think this week is going to be that problem because (the Cardinals) have a vertical passing game. They’re going to throw the ball up there and see if he can go get it.

    “I have a firm belief that if the ball goes his way, he’s going to be there to come down with it. I’ve seen him do it in practice numerous times, and if you do it in practice, you do it in a game.”

    Gray said he’s confident in the safety depth behind Michael Griffin and Babineaux, which includes Johnson, Aaron Francisco and Al Afalava.

    “I like the three guys that we have,” Gray said. “Robert Johnson has done a lot of good stuff. He’s long, he’s rangy and he can go get the ball out of the air. Francisco … is a guy who played in the Super Bowl, so he understands how to do that.

    “Al is a physical safety. He’s going to come up and hit you. The hit he put on (LeGarrette) Blount … Most guys don’t want to run into a guy like that and he had no qualms about it.”

    Source: Titans Insider
  2. titans backbone

    titans backbone Rookie

    Al Afalava really took it to blount on that one...he could have ended his year right there. No fear at all!!

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    Fransico is terrible. Johnson better play well so that guy doesnt get to play

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  4. Ensconatus

    Ensconatus #ShoutboxAlley4Life

    Ive got a feeling RoJo is gonna see the field in alot of the 3 safety sets this season, if not bump Babs for his spot.

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    Youll see 3 safties like 30 times this year. Not too much

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  6. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne #CoachKegstand

    I think Johnson can play...

    You don't play like he did at Utah and just "not have it". Not like he got lazy. Seems to have great work ethic.

    No way he can be worse than Griff. Hell, maybe he can slide over and take his job.
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  7. Jwill1919

    Jwill1919 Coach

    I said this before, we don't have our true 4 safeties yet. We'll pick up someone off the waiver wire. I wouldn't mind Melvin Bullitt, but truly anyone is better than Francisco.
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  8. Msut10

    Msut10 Starter

    Ive been waiting to see how our defense fairs against a better offense. But with that being said, I dont think the Cards are going to be much of a test either. They can't seem to get their passing game together so its hard to judge where our defense is really at.

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    We should have lots of sacks in this game. Rojo is talented and I cant wait to watch thursday
  10. DownSouthPlayer

    DownSouthPlayer Starter

    Kolb is a little girl in the pocket! Skelton isnt much better.

    We should be able to sack Kolb at least 5 times he is a BUST!
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